At no time in modern history has there been a greater need for expanding and coordinating the existing elements of the health care system in America. The demands on this system have been created by a number of factors which can be expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Among these factors are the following:
Greater public expectations and demands for improved quality of care as a result of the new knowledge and technical advances made possible by biomedical and social research in disease, health, and medical care.
The desire for maximum application to all the people of that knowledge for the maintenance of health, the prevention of disease, and the treatment of illness at reasonable cost.
Greater expectations for increased and more equitable availability of quality health care to all segments of the population.
Extension of existing voluntary and legislated prepayment plans and
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